CCR Thanksgiving'19 Message
From Father Ray
Welcome and thank you for visiting our website, the home of approximately 40 plus Charismatic Prayer Groups from the English, Spanish and Vietnamese Renewal Communities. We pledge our full support to the mission and vision of the Archdiocese of San Francisco through the best way the Charismatic Renewal is capable of offering, which is to bring Baptism in the Holy Spirit to the faithful through the Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS). Certainly, the LSS is the Renewal's great contribution for spiritual growth for our faithful. The work of the Holy Spirit comes so much alive and present through the Seminar (formation and catechesis) by moving and filling the hearts of God's people who long to find rest for their restless hearts.
Sisters and Brothers in the Charismatic Renewal, we are instruments and missionaries of renewal in the Church. You may ask, so, what's new about this? There's nothing new but we are simply being asked to awaken in us what we have been shared with through our common baptism, as Children of God and endowed with the priestly, kingly and prophetic roles of our Lord Jesus Christ. I say this because we have a huge problem and undertaking today. For the last 10 years, Pew Research released an update last October 17 2019 reporting that the number of religious unaffiliated adults in the US grew by almost 30 million. This means, the Catholic Church in the US has been hemorrhaging numbers, with 2/3rds of Americans who were raised Catholic no longer attending church. This includes among people of various ethnicities such as the Hispanics and the Filipinos. The research further says that for every one person who joins the Catholic Church, another 7 leave and become former Catholics or unaffiliated (ncronline/nones). The church in the US is geared up to finding relevant ways to address such crisis in our midst. The right moment has come for the Charismatic Renewal to assume its much needed role in the wider church today.
And so on this season of Thanksgiving, we take a moment to celebrate and give thanks for the Charismatic Renewal that has been a part of the Catholic Church for the last 52 years. To be grateful or to give thanks is an act of humility and acknowledgment of our need for God. The opposite of gratitude is not ingratitude or lack of gratitude. The opposite of gratitude is entitlement. Let the Charismatic Renewal be one of the many blessings we are especially grateful for to God in our spiritual life. The Renewal assists us in expressing our deep longing and hunger for God's presence, our desire to faithfully carry our Jesus' mission of mercy and the power of the Holy Spirit that transforms lives.
I ask for prayers for the Renewal in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Your prayers provide encouragement and strength to bind us as one big family of faith. Please know that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal prays for you, your intentions and for your loved ones. Let's always be Happy, give Thanks and Pray always (1 Tess 5:16-18).
Rev. Raymund M. Reyes
Catholic Charismatic Renewal
22nd Annual San Francisco Archdiocese
Holy Spirit Conference
September 21, 2019, St. Mary's Cathedral
Chairman, Danny Garza
Assistant Chairman, Sally Yeo
Finance Officer, Jose Dela Torre
Secretary, Kyle Laluces
Treasurer, Romy Arellano
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.